In 2012 we decided to do our first “giant” trip that involved planes, trains, and automobiles, multiple weeks, and multiple countries in Europe. We started out in Brussels, headed to a fifth floor (EUROPEAN fifth floor, so really sixth floor. Don’t let them try to fool you) walk-up with narrow curlicue stairs in the Gambetta in Paris, then went off to Madrid, Barcelona, and back to Brussels before flying back to Zambia.
There are many things you can’t plan ahead for while traveling, no matter how dedicated, resourceful, and thorough you try to be. Like, for instance, a rotovirus outbreak.
You can’t plan for a rotovirus outbreak, people. YOU CAN’T PLAN FOR THIS.
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I’m a financial educator in my real life, so my interest was peaked by the the link to How Vacations Can Make Your Kids Financially Savvy. There isn’t any rocket science in the article, but it does point out ways that you can use vacations as opportunities to teach lessons about budgeting, spending, and saving.
There are a few more things that I would have included. These aren’t really lessons but rather things that have happened naturally.
First, international travel has taught my children about exchange rates, both the math and the theory. Figuring how much that trinket will cost “in dollars” reinforces basic math skills and forces the kids to consider the relative value of things. The theory has been much more interesting – I’ve learned a lot during our conversations.
They’ve also had first-hand experience with the metric system. Figuring out how much longer we had to drive becomes a whole different problem when the road signs are in kilometers. (Even more so if your speedometer is in miles). Hearing that the weather will be 40 degrees means something completely different when the announcer is talking about degrees Celsius. And how much lunch meat do you need to order in kilograms?
Other, random financial topics that have come up include why other countries make their money out of different materials, daily schedules in equatorial countries, and why the cars are so small outside of the US. (Hint: they’re mostly financial reasons.)
I’m sure that you have some additional experiences. Please share in the comments. We’re all in this parenting and travelling thing together.
I love Cape Town. I can’t even express how much I love Cape Town. Whenever the subject of Cape Town comes up, I feel like those old Muppet Show snippets with Animal running around chanting, “WOMAN!”
Except I’m chanting, “CAPE TOWN!” of course.
So I think I might have been one of the most excited people in the world to see Cape Town in the number one spot on the New York Times list of 52 Places to Go in 2014. Cape Town is one of the most amazing, kid friendly, inexpensive, and breathtakingly gorgeous places our family has ever been – and it is SUPER easy to get there.
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£10 off the regular £30 one year Friends and Family Railcard, online only, unti 24 February 2014. Use promotional code WEB10. More information at website.
If you are going to do any family train travel in Great Britain, you absolutely must buy a Friends and Family Railcard. It will save you loads of money, sometimes even paying for itself on the first trip.
Pretty much anyone can buy a Friends and Family Railcard – you don’t have to be a family. Heck, you don’t even need to be friends! Continue reading Great Britain Friends and Family Railcards